BBC producer to boost drama and current affairs

The BBC has further strengthened ties between its current affairs and drama programmes by appointing a producer to oversee programmes that use both genres.

Tom Giles, a producer and director on Panorama and former assistant editor on Newsnight, has been appointed current affairs drama-doc producer.

His brief will be to develop drama programmes underpinned by current affairs to win new audiences for the broadcaster’s current affairs output.

Giles will report to Colin Savage, a former BBC Three current affairs executive producer and since September current affairs development executive across all channels.

The BBC cited The Day Britain Stopped and Holy Cross as two recent documentary drama programmes based on real-life scenarios that had shown “an appetite for this approach”.

“Tom’s appointment will allow us to develop this further,” a spokesman said.

Giles recently produced and directed the RTS Award winning Panorama: In the Line of Fire, which looked at the war in Iraq friendly fire incident involving BBC world affairs editor John Simpson.

He has also been a producer on the Nine O’Clock News and series producer of award-winning Hooligans for BBC Two and Moral Combat about the war in Kosovo.

By Wale Azeez

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